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    • Day four at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in pictures

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      Multi-million pound project puts best foot forward with anti-slip decking

      A £140 million shopping and leisure park in Northamptonshire, has used Antislip Plus Smooth decking from Marley to provide a durable and effective external anti-slip surface for visitors. Rushden Lakes, at Nene Valley in Northamptonshire offers over 400,000 sq.ft of retail and restaurant accommodation, together with leisure activities which are all set against the backdrop of a lake. Since opening in 2017, the shopping centre and nature reserve has proved increasingly popular, welcoming more than 4.5 million visitors, with an estimated 30,000 people using the bridge at Rushden Lakes each month. The unique project, which comprised a 30-acre development, also…

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    • Day three at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in pictures

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    • Day two at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in pictures

      Today was an exciting day at Chelsea as the medals were awarded to the gardens and the sun shined as the gates opened to the public. Here are a selection of pictures from the day, check back again tomorrow for more Chelsea updates.              

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    • RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 medal winners

      BEST IN SHOW The M&G Garden – Designer Andy: Sturgeon, Contractor: Crocus, Sponsor: M&G Investments  BEST SPACE TO GROW GARDEN AND BEST CONSTRUCTION IN SPACE TO GROW CATEGORY Facebook: Beyond the Screen – Designer: Joe Perkins, Contractor: The Outdoor Room, Sponsor: Facebook BEST ARTISAN GARDEN Family Monsters Garden – Designer: Alistair Bayford, Contractor: idverde, Sponsors: idverde, Family Action  BEST CONSTRUCTION IN THE SHOW GARDENS CATEGORY The Resilience Garden – Designer: Sarah Eberle, Contractor: Crocus, Sponsor: The Forestry Commission GOLD MEDALS   Main Avenue Gardens   The M&G Garden – Designer Andy: Sturgeon, Contractor: Crocus, Sponsor: M&G Investments  The Morgan Stanley Garden…

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    • Growing trend for natural play in garden design

      As the Duchess of Cambridge unveils her RHS Back to Nature Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Rachael Austin, Landscape Architect at Austin Design Works in Gloucestershire, talks to Pro Landscaper about outdoor play and child-friendly gardens.  A woodland setting for communities to connect with nature is the inspiration for the RHS Chelsea Back to Nature Garden co-designed by the Duchess of Cambridge. Elements include climbing logs, a tree house and stream, with stones to build dams. Established trees and shrubs combine to create a calming garden full of scent and colour. Government research shows children spend an average of…

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    • BBC Gardeners’ World Live

      BBC Gardeners’ World Live Young Landscapers Award

      The four contestants taking part in the BBC Gardeners’ World Live Young Landscapers Award, and the Show Gardens that they’re to build, have been announced.   The two pairs will each create an inspirational front garden designed by Professor David Stevens, at BBC Gardeners’ World Live. Visitors can see the gardens from 13-16 June at The NEC Birmingham.   The contestants are the young landscapers who took top spots at the WorldSkills UK Finals.   Matthew Wood was champion in landscaping with the Gold award and has since been crowned as The APL’s ‘Rising Star’ at their Awards in March…

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    • School children to help create a garden at RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival

      Disturbed by reports that children now spend less time outside than prisoners, one South London gardener is crowdfunding a campaign to get them off screens and into nature – starting with an innovative show garden built by and shared with local schools.   According to the ‘Play In Balance’ report commissioned by Persil, over 60% of children around the world spend less than 60 minutes outside every day – less than the mandatory time allocated to prison inmates.   In response to this shocking statistic, Seonaid Royall, a parent and the founder of garden design firm Sprout Up, has created…

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    • verges

      New grass verge scheme is the bees knees

      Grass verges across Rochdale are going to look a bit different this summer as a scheme set to boost bees, butterflies and small insects gets under way.   This year, 15 sites across the borough have been chosen as part of a scheme to host pollinator friendly informal flowering lawns or clover verges. Chosen sites include Bury and Rochdale Old Road, Sandy Lane and Hollingworth Road.   The days of manicured grass verges are coming to an end but the less formal replacement provides a host of benefits to a wide range of wildlife.   Like wildflower meadows, informal flowering…

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    • Communal garden in Hartlepool

      Brambledown Landscapes create new communal garden in Hartlepool

      Brambledown Landscape Services Ltd joined residents in a supported living development in Hartlepool to mark the opening of a new communal garden, created by Brambledown, with a special tea party.   To celebrate the occasion, the first warden to manage the development also returned to cut the ribbon to officially mark the opening of the garden and a range of other work as part of an £83,000 environmental improvement scheme carried out by Brambledown.   Burbank Court is a collection of five buildings that offer homes for people aged over 55 or who have care needs. The development provides 48…

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    • RHS Cardiff

      RHS medals announced at RHS Flower Show Cardiff 2019

      The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has revealed the award winners at its first major outdoor event of the year the RHS Flower Show Cardiff 2019, supported by Brewin Dolphin. Nature’s Takeover was awarded the top title of Best Garden and Best Construction while Andy’s Air Plants was awarded Best in Floral Marquee. First-time designer Diego Carrillo from London teamed up with Smartscape Cardiff to build the Regeneration Garden which received the title after the RHS Judging Panel awarded it a Silver-Guilt medal. In line with the Regeneration Gardens category, Nature’s Takeover illustrates the simple beauty of nature as the space…

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    • Kate Gould

      The Greenfingers Charity Garden by Kate Gould RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

      Designer Kate Gould’s garden for Greenfingers Charity aims to create a stimulating environment for seriously sick children and their families. The plant colour palate is fresh, predominately green and white with flashes of yellow. The hard landscaping and even the plant content had to be thought through very carefully with access for wheelchairs a high priority. This meant nothing spiky on pathways that would scratch limbs or puncture tyres, furniture and sculpture elements have to be comfortable and accessible, stimulating and interactive wherever possible.   The lower pathway is made from expanded mesh which will have lots of lush green…

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    • roof garden

      Largest intensive green roof in Nottingham created for residents

      A twenty-two week project to create Nottingham’s largest intensive sky garden has been completed. It is on the fourth floor of a 26-storey apartment building. It showcases the value of investment in green infrastructure for both local authorities and the residents of urban areas.   The design, by award-winning landscape design practice Hosta Consulting, was commissioned by Nottingham City Homes’ (NCH) as part of its Decent Neighbourhoods scheme. The scheme aims to improve the lives of residents by developing green-spaces with a community focus.   The project creates Nottingham’s largest intensive green roof. A 316 sq m community garden, designed…

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    • Blue Forest

      Blue Forest Creates Treehouse for RHS Chelsea 2019

      Blue Forest is delighted to be exhibiting a luxury treehouse at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019. The Treehouse will offer the public a rare opportunity to experience the quality and charm of Blue Forest’s bespoke treehouse creations.   It will be created in collaboration with the award-winning Chewton Glen Hotel and Spa in Hampshire.   Following the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the treehouse will move to the grounds of Chewton Glen, where it will provide a fabulous home for the hotels popular children’s club.   The spacious Treehouse is the ideal location for children to play, creating memories with…

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    • BBC Gardeners’ World Live

      The Show Gardens at BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2019

      The Show Gardens at BBC Gardeners’ World Live are known for their inspirational design and planting whilst being relatable and packed with practical ideas that visitors can recreate in their own gardens. Visitors will enjoy the feature gardens, APL Avenue, Show Gardens, Showcase Gardens and Beautiful Borders in a relaxed and engaging atmosphere with picnics, bandstand entertainment and magic moments around every corner. THE WATCHMAKER’S GARDEN, by Alexandra Froggatt Inspired by the booming Jewellery Quarter of the late 1800s this garden steps back in time to a watchmaker’s workshop set in their back garden. The watchmaker is mid production of…

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    • Apprentices get a taste of RHS Chelsea Flower Show with construction training day

      The Perennial Lifeline Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is a collaboration between a wide range of organisations from across the horticulture industry. It will be built with the help of apprentices from the Association of Professional Landscapers. The group of apprentices took part in creating a mock up of elements of the garden at Urban Landscape Design’s training centre in Cheshire.   The garden is being designed by Chelsea first timers Colm Joseph and Duncan Cargill. Landscaping contractor for the garden, Ross Conquest of Conquest Creative Spaces led the training day with the group of year two apprentices.…

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    • APL Awards 2019

      APL Awards 2019 winners announced

      Kingston Landscape Group Ltd take home the top accolade at the APL Awards 2019.   The annual awards ceremony, sponsored by Bradstone, took place on Friday 15 March at The Brewery, London, to celebrate and recognise the outstanding landscaping carried out by members of the APL.   Kingston Landscape Group Ltd, based in London, took the Supreme Winner Award for their project: Streatham Hill. This entry was also the winner of the Commercial Garden and Soft Landscaping categories.   Streatham Hill is a gated residential development built around a landscaped communal courtyard garden located in South West London. Measuring approx.…

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    • Austin Design Works

      Austin Design works secure planning permission

      Austin Design Works have secured planning permission for a contemporary garden pavilion. It is in the grounds of a historic, riverside rectory in Wiltshire.   The structure is designed to be the focal point for family entertaining. It completes a scheme to link the main 16th Century house with dedicated ‘play’ spaces. These run down to the property’s picturesque river frontage in Great Somerford.   Director Rachael Austin runs Nailsworth-based Austin Design Works with her brother Matt. She was initially called to design an outside-in scheme, with the large garden as the focal point.   But the clients shifted to…

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    • Hampton Court Palace

      RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival 2019

      The RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival supported by Viking will bring a celebration of flowers to the historic Hampton Court Palace from 1 – 7 July.   The festival will bring together thought-provoking designs to highlight the power of plants. It will also provide plenty of inspiration for visitors to grow a garden they love.   Promoting the benefits of green spaces, the RHS Sanctuary will offer a hidden area based on ‘Hortus Concluses’, Latin for ‘enclosed garden’ designed by Ula Maria.   Ideal for contemplation and meditation, the garden will take you on a journey of the body,…

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    • Tim Howell: Raising Industry Standards

      Sharing a common goal to raise industry standards says Tim Howell will increase its value and attract ongoing investment into the horticulture and landscaping sector.   There is no better place to demonstrate the diversity of the horticultural sector than at a trade event that brings together both suppliers and contractors, events that allow us to showcase the best that we can offer, to encourage others to join with us and to have a conversation – to collaborate. At the last Futurescape event, in November last year, I was invited to take part in The Pro Landscaper Summit and joined…

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    • Blakedown

      Brambledown Landscape Services Ltd latest project

      Brambledown Landscape Services Ltd have begun works as main contractors, at Hirst Park in Ashington, Northumberland. This is as major work begins on a multi-million pound Heritage Lottery Funded (HLF) Parks improvement project. Intended to restore a prestigious Northumberland Park to its Former Glory.   Heritage Lottery “Parks for People” grant funding and Ashington Town Council and Northumberland County Council are backing the project for £2.9m.   Expected to take approximately seven months to complete. It will see new landscaping and formal garden modelled on the original Hirst Park sunken garden lost in the mid-20th Century. Along with a MUGA,…

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    • Talasey Group

      BMF Regional Centre of Excellence at Talasey Group

      The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has launched another Regional Centre of Excellence at the HQ for Talasey Group in Doncaster.   Regional Centres of Excellence have been quick to open at various locations across the UK. This will give BMF members in the local area access to BMF training and events closer to home.   The launch of a centre at Talasey Group emphasises the network’s significant growth in the past year.   It also provides BMF members based in and around Yorkshire with a convenient facility, from which to attend events and training.   Talasey Group offer a diverse…

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    • Wildflower Turf Ltd

      Wildflower Turf Ltd to enhance Leeds Skelton Lake Services

      Wildflower Turf Ltd will be helping to enhance the biodiversity of the £60m Leeds Skelton Lake Services when the ‘new concept’ Motorway Service Area (MSA) opens on the M1 later this year.   Leeds Skelton Lake Services will include a 100-bedroom Hotel and a Food Court Building. There will also be a Wildlife Centre and a dedicated Business Centre.   The new MSA occupying a lakeside environment. The integration of the Hotel and Food Court Building in a way that is sympathetic to its surroundings has been of the utmost importance.   Wildflower Turf Ltd are working with the Landscape…

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    • Avant

      Avant launches new products as part of 10m investment plan

      On 14th February Avant invited Pro Landscaper to visit their factory in Tampere to reveal some of their new products and talk about the company’s investment plan.   Sales have grown steadily for Avant over the last decade. Main reasons for the success are a large market area with a continuously developing modular product range. Avant’s Vice President for production Saku Vastamäki says: “The current investment plan is about €10m. Our target is to increase weekly production by 50% from today’s figures. In practice this means a gradual production growth from 100 loaders a week to 150 loaders a week”.…

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    • Warner Edwards Distillery

      Bowles & Wyer to build RHS Chelsea garden for Warner Edwards Distillery

      Award-winning landscape contractors Bowles & Wyer will return to RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year to build a Main Avenue Show Garden for Warner Edwards Distillery, created by garden designer Helen Elks-Smith. The Warner Edwards Garden, which will be Bowles & Wyer’s eighth Show Garden, is inspired by the natural springs at Falls Farm in Northamptonshire – the home of Warner Edwards Distillery – and has been designed using a complicated sequence of structures and techniques to create multiple water features, which run quietly through different areas of the garden creating gentle arcs and streams before they emerge again in the garden. Drystone walls will form a central pavilion with two…

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